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Pain Medication - Roger Mason
People are generally completely uninformed about pain medications. Doctors are almost as completely uninformed. Pain medication is a blessing for the TEMPORARY relief of pain, or for people who are dying and suffering. All drugs were legal in
Headache is the leading cause of pain. If you have a headache, or other minor pains, try an ice pack. If that doesn’t help, try a heating pad. One or the other should help you very much. Only real world experience will tell you whether hot or cold helps relieve your pain. Aspirin is not toxic, if you take one or two , and only occasionally. It is simply the acetyl derivative of salicylic acid from willow bark. If you have regular headaches, or other pains, your body is telling you there is a problem you need to address. Americans swill down too many tons of aspirin to count every year.
Countless millions of clueless Americans also swill down acetaminophen like candy. This drug is so toxic, so poisonous, and so so dangerous, it should be outlawed. Warning labels are not enough here. Acetaminophen (aka paracetamol) will turn your liver into pudding. This is sold as Tylenol® and Anacin®. Another dangerous poison is ibuprofen. This is sold as Advil® and Motrin®. This is also toxic with many side effects. This should also be outlawed for human or animal use. Naproxen (sold as Alleve®) should also be avoided. Google the side effects of these three to see how toxic they are.
If you have stronger pain, there are only a few good prescription options, and all are natural opiates or opiate derivatives. Codeine 60 mg is not strong, but is effective for mild pain. It has a “ceiling”, so if you take, say, 200 mg it will not be any more effective. The most you can take is about 60 mg AM, and 60 mg PM. Codeine is sold over the counter in many countries with no problems at all. The fact it is a prescription drug is ridiculous. It was sold over the counter in
Hydrocodone 10 mg is six times stronger than codeine, and much more euphoric. In November 2013 you can finally buy (expensive) Zohydro® without acetaminophen. Do NOT use Vicodin®, which is full of toxic acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is the most commonly prescribed prescription drug of all, by far in
Oxycodeine 10 mg is also six times stronger than codeine, and just as euphoric as hydrocodeine. You get euphoria plus energy. This combination makes it potentially addictive for weak minded people. This is the best pain killer known, and most people actually prefer it to morphine. For some reason, this is only sold in a very few countries. This is the best overall pain medication known to man. Believe it or not, this was invented in 1914, and only recently has become so popular. For almost 100 years it just sat on the shelf. Oxycontin® is high dose oxycodeine, up to 160 mg (!) for terminal patients. Percoset® is full of toxic acetaminophen for no valid reason at all.
Morphine 30 mg was considered the gold standard for pain relief, but most people prefer oxycodeine, due to the enhanced euphoria and feeling of energy. Morphine is basically only given to people with serious chronic pain, and the terminally ill. Morphine does not work for some people, as they lack the enzyme necessary to metabolize it. Morphine is good for people who do not want the extra energy and euphoria, just pain relief. Using it intrarectally is 50% more effective. This route does not work with any other pain medicine except morphine and it's derivatives.
Hydromorphine 4 mg is known as Dilaudid®, and more than seven times stronger than morphine. It was invented in 1924. This is also only prescribed for very serious cases. There is really no basic difference between morphine and hydromorphine except dosage. 50% more effective when used intrarectally.
What about heroin (diacetyl morphine) 5 mg itself? This is a fine pain killer, and no more addictive than morphine. This is used in Europe, but not in the
Oxymorphine aka oxymorphone 5 mg (Opana®) is similar to hydromorphine, but for some reason is rarely used in the
Opium tincture is known as Paregoric®, but it very diluted and weak. Opium powder is not used in
What about the synthetic non-opiate drugs like Tramadol®, Demerol®, fentanyl, methadone, ketamine, and propoxyphene? Don’t use these, since you have more effective, less toxic opiates to use. Tramadol® is weak and toxic. Demerol® is very effective, but more toxic than real opiates. Fentanyl is best used as an anesthetic for surgery. Patches are available. The Russians use it as a military aerosol to incapacitate crowds. (The problem is many people die when it is used that way.) Methadone is very toxic, and should not be used. Ketamine is a deleriant anesthetic drug with psychedelic properties. The ketamine patches do not cause disorientation. Propoxyphene (Darvon®) is toxic and simply should not be used.
This leaves codeine, hydrocodeine, and oxycodeine for most people. Serious pain can require morphine or hydromorphine, since oxymorphine is rarely used. This is a short but effective list. Do not let the doctor, in his ignorance, dictate your pain management. Demand real opiates with no fillers.
For pet lovers, the same is true for our beloved companions. Codeine is weak and rather ineffective. This leaves hydrocodeine, oxycodeine, morphine, and dilaudid as the only real choices. Veterinarians are stupid beyond belief, and will give your beloved pet ineffective Tramadol® and other such drugs. Demand proper pain medication if your pet needs it, and find a new vet if he won't do it. Some pets cannot metabolize morphine.
All the above refers to short term use in minimal doses. With regular or long term use this picture changes totally. The side effects are terrible over time. Higher and higher doses are required, with less and less effect. Your entire digestion system is destroyed from one end to the other. Men become hopelessly impotent. Women lose their libido. Normal sleep is impossible. Chronic coughs are normal. Skin conditions arise. Headaches become regular. There is a long list here of serious problems with long term use even in the smallest of doses. Opiates are for temporary use and for the terminal.
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